On 25th Sept.21 early morning we went to Serenity Beach by activa. Serenity beach is 4.5 km away from Sri Aurobindo Andhra Bhavan. A very good place, water is clean and waves are good. The beach has a sunrise point. There are many shops of eateries along beach side. We spent some time then went to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, a Spiritual community. Ashram is very clean and calm place. You have to switch off mobile phones and enter barefoot. Samadhi of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother is located at the inner courtyard of the Ashram Main Building. Flower decorations are very good. Pin drop silence must be maintained. Don't utter a single word. A excellent book shop is there where you can get books on spirituality. Pondicherry has become an important destination for spiritual seekers as well as tourists. Thousands of visitors from all over the world come to the ashram. Today, Ashramites live and work in more than 400 buildings spread throughout the town.
After visiting ashram we went to the cafe Des Arts. It is a quiet famous and good cafe in Pondicherry with great ambiance and good staff. We ate tartine and waffles with a cold tea. After cafe Des Arts we went to light house but as maintenance work is going on is closed for entry.
In the evening we went to cathedral "Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges". It is must visit place near the promenade beach. We just sit 5-10 minutes over there and filled with peace. Glass interior is excellent.
After visiting cathedral, we went to Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple which has magnificent idol of Shri Ganesha. There are different avtaars of ShriGanesha articulated on the walls. It is a big, clean, well maintained temple. Overall a devotional experience. As usual photography prohibited inside the temple. Footwear keeping stand charges ₹ 2/- per pair. When we came out after taking darshan, we saw a brand new car outside the temple, it is said that, it is a ritual here that whosoever gets a new vehicle first brings it here for Lord Ganeshan’s blessings.
After Ganesha's darshan we went for a walk and enjoy the sea waves to Promenade beach which is called as Rock Beach or Pondicherry Beach which has a stretch of 1.2 kilometre beachfront along the Bay of Bangal. When we visited, as it was a Saturday, beach is fully crowded and eateries shops as well. We almost spent 2 hours there enjoying lot of people playing in water and eating food as well. Today we had so many places and got to much exhausted because it was a sunny day.
The Promenade beach, Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple and Sri Aurobindo Ashram are just a few steps away from each other and other places too in the vicinity of 4-5 km. On 26th we are at Auroville..